Two stories came out concurrently. One was that the FBI had handed over its notes from Hillary Clinton’s FBI interview to Congress. The other was a rumor about Donald Trump’s debate prep.
While CBS and NBC dedicated almost equal time to both stories, the superficial ABC dedicated more than twice the time to Trump’s debate prep.
During World News Tonight, the Trump debate prep story garnered a segment that lasted two minutes, 35 seconds. In contrast, both CBS and NBC each had one general story about Trump’s day and each one lasted less than two minutes. In both, Trump’s debate prep of one part of the collective report about his day.
Here’s the thing though — the media gave Trump a completely free ride during the primaries. They helped select him given how largely uncritical their coverage was in the primaries. Now, of course, they’re doing to Trump what the media always does to the GOP nominee. They will pour resources into attacking him. This is what they always do. That’s why the GOP nominee must always be on his A game. And…well…Trump is Trump.